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Pre-Thanksgiving preparations

So I realize it’s Monday (yay Mondays) and I’m sitting here eating a bowl of miso soup and watching Dancing with the Stars while thinking about everyone’s favorite cheat day (or one of them) coming up this Thursday. I wanted to share a few things I’m thankful for, both legit and maybe not-so legit.

Ok so legit things I’m thankful for.

First of all, my parents, because no matter how badly you screw up, they will be there to either pick you up and brush the dirt off, or push you down and let you roll around in the mud a lil bit before picking you up and brushing you off.

Secondly, my dog. Annie Oakley came into my life in August of 2012 against the advice of my parents. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to them when they said a dog would ruin my life, because honestly, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me (I mean, Crossfit is a close second). No matter how horrible of a day you’ve had, how gross you feel or whatever the reason, seeing her face when I walk in the door just seems to make everything better.


Thirdly, my box and everyone that came with it. Red Stick Crossfit has given me the opportunity to make so many new friends that let me have a pretty decent social life. People like my friend Ace (you know, that Eat.Pray.Wod. girl) who surprised me with a blog journal/calendar (which is AMAZING by the way). The RSCF ladies who love pushing each other to their limits and beyond in the box, and know how to get out and have a good time.

Fourthly, my strength and support group. Y’all know who you are and every single day you keep me going. Honest. You’re the kind of people who I love having in my life for the good days, the bad days, and the days you tear your hands and feel like you’ve joined an elite club. They’re the kind of people who send you this on an off-day and immediately make you feel better.


Ok, so now for the no-so legit things.

First off, my dishwasher. Holy crap the motor in mine died a week ago and it can’t be fixed till after Thanksgiving. I never realized how much I took it for granted. Life is SO much easier with a working dishwasher and it lets me be super lazy with my blender bottles and water bottles, and normal people stuff like dishes.

Secondly, yoga pants. I used to judge people for wearing yoga pants in public (yeah, that was me) and now? Now I basically live in them. I wear them everywhere and just don’t care because they are just so darn comfortable. And I’m pretty sure every single guy out there appreciates women and their yoga pants.

Thirdly, Snapple (well, Diet Half ‘n Half Snapple). It’s my crutch. I almost always have a bottle of it in my hand (either it or Iced Tea from CC’s) and I’m legit addicted.

I think that covers the little things, you know, just a little tidbit, into what I’m thankful for.

Oh, geez, how’d I forget this one. I’m thankful for CROSSFIT. I’m so incredibly happy that I joined my box. The second best decision I have ever made. It kicked my butt and showed me how truly out of shape I was when I started. It also showed me how strong I’ve become. Just last week I hit a PR on my clean jerk of #95. Now that might not seem like a lot, but I was barely lifting #45 when I first started back in May. I can carry all my groceries up the stairs to my apartment at once. My friends are telling me they can see a difference and that it’s a good thing. Mom may think she knows best, but what’s best for her might not be best for you. I’m thankful for TABATA: body weight edition. Did this today and it kicked my butt.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!


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Crossfit girls are better. Agree or disagree?

So I ran across this article on Facebook today (the owner of my box posted it) and reposted it because 1. It made me laugh and 2. It’s scary true.

Why You Should Be Dating A Crossfit Girl

Here’s the article according to me:

1. Crossfit girls are seriously fit. This is true. Whether you’re new the sport or a seasoned veteran, you can see your body is changing. Being single I’ve been able to devote a lot of time to health and fitness and just focus on myself. That might sound weird to some, but to me I enjoy it. When I do decide I want to date again, I want to be surrounded by positivity and date someone who understands and respects my fitness decisions.

2. Dedication. We spend time in the gym, cut out blocks of time, plan ahead, etc so we KNOW we will be able to get our workout in. I schedule all of my classes on Sundays (usually) so I know my week ahead of time, I secure a spot, and I don’t chance seeing the WOD ahead of time. I just love the surprise of walking in and finding out that way.

3CrossFit girls are (for the most part) “guy’s girls”. My mom hates this one. Crossfit girls can throw serious weight around. Just the other day I hit a new PR of a clean jerk and I was ecstatic. While I might take a little longer than 20 minutes to shower and clean up, I would much rather relax with friends and grab a drink to watch the game.

4. Independence. This is HUGE. Going back to #1, being single isn’t a lifelong decision, but it’s who I am now. It’s a lot easier to focus on fitness, make time for the gym, and eat clean this way. Like the article says, I don’t NEED someone in my life to be happy, it’s if I WANT you there.

5. Competitive nature. I love that my coach pushes me to lift heavier. She will yell at me, change my weight when I’m not looking and overall encourage me and it has made me really competitive, not only in Crossfit but in my personal life as well. I sometimes secretly compete with other boxmates during WODs and love it (don’t lie, you do it too).

6. Crossfit girls are more brazen. While I’m still a little hesitant to try new things, I’ve realized how much more open I am when trying certain things. I have learned to love trying new things (it’s a process) and am always up for a new adventure.

7. Paleo. Just started this a month or so ago and haven’t looked back. While I might not have the smoking hot bod that the article infers you get from automatically eating paleo, it’s a process. I eat an 80/20 paleo lifestyle and LOVE cooking and discovering new recipes, so I guess that part is true. And everyone loves a girl who can cook, right?

8. Personality. Crossfit has definitely changed my personality. I find myself more open to others and love the group that I workout with since we all usually go around the same times. I’ve thought of myself as a tad witty, and honestly working with guys for the past 5 years has given me a certain, uh, resilience (I guess? Maybe?) to those crude comments they have a tendency to spew. 

9. Crossfit girls wear tiny outfits to the gym and will show up to hangout scantily clad in gym clothes and think nothing of it. Now this one, when I read it I kind of scrunched my face and cocked my head to the side. I don’t really know what to think of it. A lot of the girls at my box wear tights and some form of either a loose shirt or a skin tight top. Me? I just rock the tights and a sleeveless running shirt. I like to be able to move around and not really have to deal with something riding up or sticking to me. I have, however, realized that I find myself going to the store or running a quick errand in my gym clothes. Sometimes I’ve even gone not realizing there’s chalk all over my legs. Do I care? No. Should I? Eh.

10. Going there. Well, I’ll have to get back to you on that one. (All I will say is that my mother continues to tell me that “no man will want to be with you if you keep working out like this.” I’ll take my chances.)

Anyway, it’s Friday. Happy weekend y’all!

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Don’t let anyone knock you down. Ever.

So I recently went home to visit my parents in New Orleans and hangout with some people I haven’t seen in a while. Well, I was running through some photos that I needed to edit and was bouncing between edits and Facebook when my mom walked behind me. At the time, I was looking through photos from a recent CrossFit competition that some athletes I workout with participated in. Her first response?

“Oh my god, look at her legs!” and with that, a look of disgust on her face.

Do you know how that makes me feel? As young, aspiring CrossFitter (yes I drank the Kool-Aid) who can’t live without CrossFit? It felt like a punch in the stomach or a slap across the face. Here I am, trying to better myself, eating clean and training dirty, and my mom is criticizing the bodies of fellow CrossFitters and friends  (if you can’t tell by now, she’s the kind of person who doesn’t think young women should lift, let alone lift heavy). These are people who I want to and aim to become.


This one girl in particular (the one with the “massive legs”) is one amazing athlete. She’s always working to better herself and push her body to its limits. And to hear my mom criticize her body just hurt. If there was a way to convey to her that not everyone should be as skinny as she is, I would.

I would KILL to look like this girl. She’s so in shape it’s ridiculous. I work hard, play hard. Eat clean, train dirty. Live my life and respect myself.

Is it too much to ask for a little motivation from family every once and a while?!

How do you convince someone that their opinion is just that, their opinion, and not fact?



Paleo Friendly Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share a little recipe with y’all before the weekend.

What you’ll need:
– 1 2lbs pork tenderloin
– 1 egg
– 4 slices pork bacon (haven’t tried this recipe with turkey bacon)
– 1/2 medium onion, chopped
– 1/2 small apple (I use Fujis), chopped
– 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (I use more depending on the size)
– Chicken broth
– 1/2 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
– 1/8 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
– 1/8 tsp nutmeg
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– Olive oil
– Skewers


What you Do:
– Preheat the oven to 450* while preparing everything else

– In a skillet, cook your bacon so that it’s cooked thoroughly to your liking. I say this because I know not everyone likes their bacon the same way. Once it’s cooked, set it aside.(I know you know what bacon looks like, but here it is, because bacon.)


– In a medium skillet, sauté the onion, sundried tomatoes, apple, bacon, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic and olive oil. Sauté everything for 3-4 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and set it aside to cool.


– Rinse the pork tenderloin and trim the fat if you want to. Then filet the tenderloin in a spiral lengthwise so that you end up with a large flat slab of tenderloin. You want to be able to unfold and refold the meat. Set aside until the stuffing has been prepared.


– Once the ingredients from the skillet have completely cooled, whisk in an egg.


– Spread the stuffing across the seam of the meat.


– Close the meat up the best you can. I use bamboo skewers to help do this.

– Add the chicken broth to the bottom of the pan to keep the meat from drying out.

– Cook, uncovered at 450*F for 30 minutes. Once the first 30 minutes have passed, reduce the heat to 300* and cook for another 20 minutes. When the time is up, turn off the oven but allow the meat to remain in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.


Final Product

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite things to cook with, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing some more fun and tasty stuffed pork tenderloin recipes with y’all soon!

Have a good weekend!


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You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

So while I’m still new to this blogging scene, I wanted to share a video with y’all that I saw on Facebook. One of my good friends (she’s basically my sister) posted this and I watched it over and over and over. I love it. I want it.

The future is always on my mind. What will happen tomorrow? Next week? Six months from now? Next year? All you can do is live for now. Live in the moment. That’s one of the things I’m trying to do better; live for now.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.


Please allow me to introduce myself

Hello world!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous day. I thought it was a good enough day to start a blog, so it might as well be fabulous, right?

Well, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Hilary. I’m a 23 year old freelance photographer living in South Louisiana with my awesome furry kid Annie. This blog will be a lot of different things. Mostly CrossFit related, but there will also be some photo and cooking stuff. And hopefully lots of pictures and positivity!

If you want to know more about me and my journey to joining CrossFit, you can read more here.

Anyway, thanks for reading and Happy Wednesday!